Many homeowners are familiar with this dance: You settle on a budget for your brand new kitchen/ bathroom/ grape stomping room only to find half way through the remodel that to get everything you want, you’re going to have to fork over more money — a lot more. That’s a problem Houzz’s Real Cost Finder sets out to solve. It’s a brand new interactive tool on the site that helps you plan home renovations and figure out total costs, before you begin.

The data is based on the feedback of over 100,000 real homeowner respondents who have been in your shoes. Adi Tatarko, Houzz CEO and co-founder says “the Houzz Real Cost Finder gives renovation and decorating data we’ve collected back to our community, empowering homeowners to make the best decisions for their projects.”

Take a peek at some of the information it offers:


And according to the 2013 Houzz And Home survey, 53 percent of respondents said that this is the year to kickoff some big projects. Now, you’ll just need to ask yourself,
should you remodel… or just move?

Here are a few of our other favorite apps that will help with home projects:

Home Design 3D

Dream Home

Renovation Budget Tracker

Make sure to check out our slideshow of ten home projects you probably shouldn’t DIY.

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  • Tree Removal

    Cutting down trees, or even removing branches requires climbing and working with dangerous tools from a high distance off the ground. This is disaster waiting to happen, and definitely something better left to professionals who are trained and paid to do this!

  • Home Additions Or Structural Changes

    <a href=”; target=”_hplink”></a>Knocking down walls might seem like a simple task, but behind those walls could be electrical wiring, gas pipes and plumbing that can cause huge problems in your home. Rather than taking a chance, consult a contractor first!

  • Paving Your Driveway

    Paving stones can turn a boring driveway into a focal point. And while they look relatively simple to install, the reality is that the measuring and positioning of paving stones can be tremendously time-consuming. (Think of it as a game of Tetris on steroids.) But a team of professionals can cut installation down to a day, depending on your driveway size.

  • Electrical Work

    It’s one thing to flip a fuse switch to the power in your home on or off, but another to attempt to repair faulty wiring or any other electrical issues without professional help. Working with electrical wires can be deadly and the proper precautions and knowledge are crucial.

  • Plumbing Repair

    Unless it’s something simple like unclogging a toilet or fixing a drain, messing with plumbing can cause major dilemmas (Just think about an overflowing toilet or unstoppable burst in a pipe…not fun). It’s always better to ask a plumber before trying to tackle any plumbing issues on your own.

  • Repairing An Above Ground Pool

    While we’re sure most people wouldn’t attempt to tackle a project like this on their own, we figure we should mention that it would be extremely dangerous to make these repairs. All it takes is one loose piece of siding, and the entire pool could collapse.

  • Roof Repair

    Besides the fact that working on top of a roof is very risky because one could easily lose their footing and slip, it can also be detrimental to your home’s structure if you don’t know the proper way to install or repair roofing. If you are going to check the roof for damages or cleaning gutters, bring a friend and proceed with caution.

  • Installing Siding

    If done properly, siding can last for years. But if siding is not securely installed, weather conditions can tear it off, or seep underneath, causing harm to the frame of your home. Rather than taking this chance, it’s safer to have a professional install it properly.

  • Adding Or Replacing Windows

    Specialized tools and methods are required to properly install new windows to make sure they are well insulated and secure. While it can be costly, a professional can ensure that you’ll be comfortable in your home for years to come.

  • Creating An Outdoor Kitchen

    We’re the first to admit outdoor kitchens are fantastic, but attempting to put one in yourself could be disastrous. It might seem easy enough (a little flooring and a grill-station) but you could end up with a half-finished patio and plumbing gone awry. So while it might be tempting to build one in your backyard, ask yourself if you’ll really use the kitchen year-round…and then, of course, call in a pro.

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